- Published November 06, 2013
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UAH is pleased to announce the return of the UAH Invitational Honor Band to Randolph School's Thurber Arts Center for its sixth year. The two-day clinic, which comprises 175 carefully selected middle and high school students from across the Tennessee Valley, will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, to Saturday, Nov. 16.
Over the course of the two days, the students will rehearse with guest composer Rob Grice of Troy University and guest conductor Catherine Rand of the University of Southern Mississippi, and partake in master classes hosted by the UAH Music Department faculty.
- Published November 05, 2013
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Dr. Mikel Petty, director of the Center for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis at UAH, has contributed to a new Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) standard for distributed simulation as Drafting Group editor of the Product Development Group.
Distributed simulation systems offer more flexible computational power that can work in larger systems that evolve rapidly.
"Using the new standard will reduce the overall effort required to develop complex simulation systems involving multiple architectures," Dr. Petty said. "It will also increase the interoperability, which is the ability to communicate within and be reused in different systems, of individual simulation applications developed according to the standard."
- Published November 04, 2013
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The Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) at UAH has been selected to present two research posters at the third annual MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium.
Held this Nov. 8 and 9 at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, the symposium brings together collegiate chapters and their advisors from across the country for lectures and workshops. This year's event will also feature a presentation from Peabody Award-winning radio host, author, and Juilliard faculty member David Dubal.
- Published November 01, 2013
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When Maria Lee received a perfect score on the math portion of her ACT test, she had many options of colleges. But the Huntsville, Ala., resident - and South Korean native - chose UAH.
"I wanted to stay close to my family, and I received a full scholarship to the university," she says. Her plan? To do "something in the STEM fields," she continues, referring to the acronym used for science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Published October 31, 2013
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Non-traditional students are not uncommon at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), whether they're veterans returning to complete their degree after a tour of duty or parents who have taken time off to raise their children before finishing their education.
But senior psychology major Deanna Nicholas, who will graduate with honors in May, is perhaps one of UAH's most non-traditional students. A high-school dropout and runaway at age 16, Nicholas became addicted to alcohol and drugs before turning her life around ten years ago.
"I got sober to rescue my daughter, Heather, who was 15 and following in my footsteps," says Nicholas, a native of West Palm Beach, Fla. "I said, no more. She deserves better." Sadly, however, her recovery came too late. Heather passed away at age 18 after her own struggle with drugs and domestic violence.
- Published October 24, 2013
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Jennifer Palm might make the best case for why kids should listen to their mothers. "All through high school, my mom was like, 'Take a computer class, you're going to love it!'" says Palm. "But I was a stubborn child, and I went to college to get a degree in marketing."
It was only later, during an internship in which she learned how to code a website using HTML, that Palm realized her mom was right - she was a perfect fit for the information technology field. "Programming was my favorite thing," she says. "So I took a Visual Basic class and loved it!"
- Published October 21, 2013
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Belinda Ong, Director of Reference and Information Services at UAH M. Louis Salmon Library, will be honored on Oct. 22, with the International Services Council (ISC) of Alabama's 2013 Spirit of Diplomacy Award. ISC is sponsored in part, by the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Ong will receive the award during a luncheon ceremony in Birmingham. She is being recognized for her work as president of the International Society of Huntsville (ISH). Ong is a key charter member and co-founder of the organization. She was instrumental in planning the organization's annual International Festival of North Alabama, recently hosted on the UAH campus.
- Published October 15, 2013
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Kenny Throop, a senior marketing major at UAH, continued a family tradition by deciding to enroll in classes at UAH. "Both of my parents graduated from UAH," the Huntsville native explains. "That fact combined with multiple other reasons made UAH the best option for me."
During his freshman year, Throop became involved with Theta Pi, the UAH chapter of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO), a fraternity dedicated to the improvement of collegiate men on campus. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to run for treasurer his sophomore year.
"I wasn't initially planning to run for such a big position so soon, but one of my ATO brothers convinced me to go for it," says Throop. He won the position, and went from managing a bank account that usually had barely $100 in it to managing one with a balance of thousands of dollars.
- Published October 15, 2013
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It's a tough economy these days, and finding a good job after graduation is a challenge for most. Fortunately for Chelsea Lavish, however, she got a very early start. Back in 2008, the Madison, Ala., native was balancing her final year at Bob Jones High School with a part-time job teaching dance. It just so happened that the mother of one of her students was an engineering director at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC). "She recommended I try their summer hiring program after graduation," says Lavish. It was perfect timing. Despite her love of dance and her dream of one day being a ballerina, she was contemplating a more practical career in engineering and had already been accepted by UAH.
- Published October 14, 2013
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Among the 700+ women who attended this year's National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in Washington, D.C., two were from UAH: Kenya Wallace, a Ph.D. student in materials science, and Karelohn Williams, a junior in psychology.
Each learned of the conference separately. Williams says a guest lecturer in her women's studies class talked about her experience attending it. Wallace, meanwhile, was at a meeting of the Huntsville chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) when it was discussed.